To Be Human

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I. Joy and Grief

A. Are Solitary

Proverbs 14:10 NASB95
10 The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.
There is no interface, device, or wire that can connect one human to another in such a way that they can fully share their whole heart with all of its complex feelings with another human being.
Having said that, we humans have been created by God with the unique ability to connect with each other and share our sorrow, fear, humor, and joy with other human beings.
Shared joy is doubled joy, and shared sorrow is half sorrow.
The only way for you to be known then is for you to be willing to open up and express yourself to others. We especially as believers should share with each other as well as seek to understand and share the emotions of others.
Romans 12:15 NASB95
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Trapped in His Body for 23 Years
John 3:36; Acts 16:31
Preaching Themes: Discouragement, Eternity, Hope
What if you were yelling for help and no one could hear you? You could see them right there in front of you, but they could not hear your calls? Such was life for Rom Houben, a Belgian man in a coma. At least they thought he was in a coma. He said, “I was shouting, but no one could hear me.”
In 2006 doctors used new scanning techniques and found that Rom—who had spend 23 years in this “coma”—had normal brain function. Now he communicates with the world using a special keyboard.
I can’t think of a more hopeless feeling than being completely aware of your surrounding and totally unable to communicate with friends and family, doctors and nurses.
Wilson, J. L., & Russell, R. (2015). Trapped in His Body for 23 Years. In E. Ritzema (Ed.), 300 Illustrations for Preachers. Lexham Press.. Can Be Masked
Proverbs 14:13 NASB95
13 Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief.

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.”

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

C. Are Symptoms of the Heart

Proverbs 15:13 NASB95
13 A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
Proverbs 18:14 NASB95
14 The spirit of a man can endure his sickness, But as for a broken spirit who can bear it?

D. Can Heal or Destroy

Proverbs 17:22 NASB95
22 A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.

E. Can Be Encouraged

1. Don’t Sing to a Troubled Heart

Proverbs 25:20 NASB95
20 Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, Is he who sings songs to a troubled heart.

2. Be Wise

Proverbs 27:11 NASB95
11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad, That I may reply to him who reproaches me.

3. Live righteously

Proverbs 29:6 NASB95
6 By transgression an evil man is ensnared, But the righteous sings and rejoices.

II. Good News

A. Brings a New Outlook

Proverbs 15:30 NASB95
30 Bright eyes gladden the heart; Good news puts fat on the bones.

B. Refreshes You

Proverbs 25:25 NASB95
25 Like cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a distant land.

III. Contentment

Proverbs 27:20 NASB95
20 Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, Nor are the eyes of man ever satisfied.
Sheol - The place of the dead
Abaddon - destruction
1 John 2:16 NASB95
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
1 Timothy 6:6–9 NASB95
6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. 7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
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